Wow, super-miserable weather day today, wasn’t it? And it’s supposed to get super-cold. As if all the holiday errands aren’t enough, my kindergartener J is “Star of the Week” this week, which means we have that we have a different little activity to prepare each day. This is supposed to be entirely fun, but we’re talking about a child who, for example, spent 15 to 20 minutes sobbing over her extra-credit assignment, which was to go through a 25-word booklet and trace four different letters in four different-colored crayons. I kept telling her that she didn’t have to do it, and she was lying under the table sobbing, “But I want the fuzzy-buzzies!” That’s right: all this anguish over five small pom-poms that she’d have the privilege of placing in a jar. Yikes. So I won’t be participating in any additional activities during the week–we’ll be in full-on survival mode this week.
But, for you? Here’s what I’ve got:
- Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany continuesÂ A Christmas Story.
- Starting on the 15th and through the weekend, Disney’s Toy Story 3 on Ice is going to be at Albany’s Time Union Center. Shows include evenings as well as various times throughout the day. Tickets range from $13 to $56 depending on where you’re sitting.
- At 7 pm, there’s a Three Stooges Film Festival at the Palace Theater in Albany.
- The Colonie Town Band is performing a free holiday concert at 7 pm in Albany.
- Take a morning Mud Pond Walk at 9 am at Moreau Lake.
- The Colonie Town Band is playing a Brass Choir Concert at 7 pm in Schenectady.
- At 1 & 4 pm, there’s an Elvis-themed Christmas program at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls.Â Tickets are $25.
- Pajamarama is at 7 pm at the Bethlehem Public Library.
- At 10 am, take a family-friendly hike at Moreau Lake.
- At Grafton Lakes, take a Time Machine Hike at 1 pm, and learn about how the land’s evolved. It’s $2/person.
- From 3-4 pm, it’s Cooking Around the World at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga. It’s $10/non-member.
- At 4 pm, teens are invited to Howe Branch Library for a Gingerbread House Decorating Contest.
- At 10:30 am, the Schenectady Museum’s Little Wonders of Science has a Thomas the Tank Engine theme. It’s free, but you need to register.
- Take a hike along the Baker Trail at Moreau Lake at 1 pm.
- The Saratoga City Ballet will be performing The Nutcracker all weekend at Skidmore College, and the tickets are already sold out. But, there’s an Open Dress Rehearsal at 6 pm tonight. Tickets are cash only, sold at the door, for $10/grown-up, $5/kids 10 or under.
- At 7 pm, the Melodies of Christmas begins at Proctors. It will continue through the weekend. It’s $25/person, and it features plenty of youth performances.
- It’s the Children’s Circle Storytime at the Bethlehem Public Library. It’s designed for kids with special needs.
- The Lake George Community Band is playing a Holiday Concert at 8 pm at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls. Tickets are $10.
- It’s Art Night Schenectady from 5-9 pm.
- The Wood Theater in Glens Falls is playing the movie Elf at 6 & 9 pm.Â $6/ticket.
- At 6:30 pm, take an Almost Winter Solstice Hike at Albany Pine Bush. It’s $2/person, $5/family.
- At 7 pm, It’s a Wonderful Life will be playing at the Palace Theater in Albany.
- They’re showing Despicable Me at 7 pm at the East Greenbush Public Library. It’s free and drop-in.
- Shenendehowa United Methodist Church is hosting a free Celtic Concert at 7 pm.
- There’s a Caroling Sing-along at the Dominican Retreat & Conference Center in Niskayuna at 7:30 pm.
- NYSTI‘s A Christmas Carol continues (and concludes) this weekend. Itâ€™s recommended for ages 7 and up.
- Home Made Theater presents Ramona Quimby this weekend. Has anyone seen this show? I’m considering going. . . .